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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  6 June 2008 (USA)
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In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Po (voice)
Shifu (voice)
Tigress (voice)
Tai Lung (voice)
Monkey (voice)
Mantis (voice)
Viper (voice)
Crane (voice)
Oogway (voice)
Mr. Ping (voice)
Zeng (voice)
Gang Boss (voice)
KG Shaw (voice)
JR Shaw (voice)


It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of martial arts action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Panda: The IMAX Experience  »

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Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,239,130 (USA) (6 June 2008)


$215,395,021 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Kung-Fu/Wuxia convention where attacks on the correct nerve/Chi points can cause paralysis and other effects is adopted although it is not explained in the film, and the jade figurine topped sticks on the shell worn on the imprisoned Tai Lung are positioned at the traditional Chi energy points of the body. The sticks are intended to keep the villain from accessing the power from those points, which is why he was first concerned about removing them before attempting to break his chains. See more »


(at around 32 mins) During Tai-Lung's escape scene, he tosses 4 spears into the air. When he jumps up he only kicks 3 spears, but 4 are shown crashing into the prison wall. See more »


[first lines]
Po: Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits are carried out in stylized 2D animation, meant to resemble Chinese shadow puppetry. See more »


Featured in Getaway: Episode #17.39 (2008) See more »


Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green) and Jack Black
Produced by The Underdogs
Vocals produced by CeeLo Green (as Cee-Lo Green)
Cee-Lo Green appears courtesy of Radiculture Records/Downtown Recordings/Atlantic Recording Corp.
Jack Black appears courtesy of Epic Records
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User Reviews

Kick ass movie, almost note perfect
28 June 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in the Cinema last night. I can not recommend this movie highly enough to kids of all ages. it is a long, long time since i have heard a Cinema audience laughing so much during a movie ( i think the last time was during Gigli!).

Finally Dreamworks have managed to surpass the achievements of Pixar. All the elements are beyond anything i have seen in an Animated movie since The Lion King. the animation is hugely detailed and achingly beautiful, the script is the best i have come across in years. the only bum note in this symphony of fun is the fact that some of the immensely talented voice cast are badly underused. i can only remember hearing Jackie Chan's voice 3 times at most. having said that, the movie rests on the shoulders of jack Black and Dustin Hoffman. while playing their parts in a very different manner to each other, both are note perfect. they invest their characters with an energy (Black) and dignity (hoffman) that i could not find any fault with, even if i wanted to, not that i want to.

Lastly, i believe that Oogway is the best animated character ever rendered, his facial expressions are hilarious and-surpass any previous attempts to give a character convincing facial expressions (i consider Gollum to be a CG character, not an animated character, for the record).

in short, this is an utterly fantastic movie that everyone should watch 9/10

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